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there will be a better prepared president obama onstage next week? and he said, quote, when you're not that bright, you can't get better prepared. mitt romney was aggressive but polite. that was a civil debate. this is not, i have to believe what mitt romney wants to be representing himself. >> let's hope not but john sununu said a few weeks ago barack obama was not a true american. he says these things. he will say whatever he thinks. >> it also fits into the grander picture, what you're seeing among conservative commentators now is this whole emperor has new clothes, has no clothes thing and the whole teleprompter from the last four years. they actually believe this guy isn't intelligent, which is crazy or it is bigoted. chris: i think it sounded ugly, i'll put it that way. your thoughts? >> i won't speak for all conservative commentators. chris: you don't have to. >> you certainly can make an argument and conservatives have been making an argument especially where foreign policy is concerned the administration has been incompetent. i don't take issue with sununu discussing the incompetence of this a
polls out just this week have seniors facing president obama on medicare. a signature issue of mitt romney's runningmate paul ryan which brings us to this week's big question. was mitt romney's choice of ryan mass take? >> yes. -- a mistake? >> yes. >> i don't think so because it brought renewed focus and attention on the economy and debt which may have helped him in some camps. >> good for the future of the party, not so helpful necessarily this time around. even though he's a very cale capable politician. i think rob portman in ohio becomes a question. he could have helped in ohio, perhaps you could argue that and ohio is really something romney needs. >> he forced the seniors to think about what they like about medicare and the welfare state and they decided they liked it. and that's -- chris: that's well said. i hear doctors, the people don't -- they get very nervous when you talk about changing their insurance. >> even if you say it only applies to people under 55. >> the pick hurt him in florida and didn't help in ohio and he's got to win those states to be president. chris: i
: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years of "the wall street journal"/nbc polling have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. and romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida he is now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney is down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney is doing well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he has the fax. he drills you. he stays. he is tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial no-it-all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's
a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert in los angeles sunday, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, reuters puts mitt romney within two points of the president. tomorrow we'll see both candidates in ohio. there's good reason for that. tomorrow is the last day voters there can register to vote. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. mitt romney will deliver that major policy speech before noon eastern, but the obama campaign is issuing a preemptive strike with this new tv ad criticizing the republican candidate's past foreign policy faux pas. take a look. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's knee jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character. >> the obama campaign sed this will be ro
incompetencies, how lazy and detached he is. >> did you really mean to call barack obama lazy? >> he didn't want to prepare for this debate. he's lazy and disengaged. >> now, the pressure is on paul ryan and joe biden in a debate next week. >> i don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate. >> and the stakes are a lot higher for the president to come up with a different game plan for his next debate with mitt romney two weeks from now. brian? >> andrea mitchell remains in denver tonight. thanks. and, of course, thanks to social media, getting reaction to a debate isn't a morning-after thing anymore. it's a real time thing and the talk about the event in denver is still going on tonight. that part of our story from nbc's john yang. >> the right answer for government is to say how do we make the private sector become more efficient? >> reporter: even before they finished talking, another debate was raging online. the twitter world exploded. conservative journalist byron york, an absolutely one-sided debate. big, big win for romney. liberal comedian, bill maher. i can't b
debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make the same mistakes. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> and good morning. one month ago, and so much to get to. i want to get right to our roundtable discussion this morning, anchored by our own mini debate. joining me former white house press secretary and adviser to the obama campaign robert gibbs. newt gingrich. republican strategist and columnist for "time" magazine mike murphy. democratic strategist hilary rosen. and our own political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, who just ca
enthusiastic crowds and a simpler message. >> thank you. >> reporter: after weeks that reenergized republicans and reinvigorated the race, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney's momentum embracing friday's encouraging economic news. >> we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> but romney hasn't ceded any ground, attacking failed policies that have stifled growth. >> the participation of our adults in the workforce were the same as at the time he got elected our unemployment rate would be 11%. >> reporter: both are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money. >> reporter: still, romney is facing ling
these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make the same mistakes. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> and good morning. one month ago, and so much to get to. i want to get right to our roundtable discussion this morning, anchored by our own mini
. >> reporter: only three weeks ago he said the comments were not elegantly stated. now he disavows the comments, perhaps in time for the debate when president obama is expected to be ready for attack. >> thank you. >>> sue herrera has visited us from cnbc headquarters today here in our studios, by the way, the markets reacted in a big way today as job news, stocks closed at the highest level today in nearly five years, as you sue, know, all too well. what does it mean? >> i think it was a good report in one sense in that the economy is continuing to add jobs, but it was not a great report. we need to continue to see better numbers than this. 150 or 200,000 new jobs created for the next few months to get us back to levels of much better employment. it is a start, but not a great report. it is a start but not a good report. >> as we saw in andrea's set-up piece, the combination of the retired executive with the twitter account made some trouble for the president today. the comments aside, in your experience can numbers like this be manipulated at all? >> no, because it is a difficult number to pu
debate on exactly what it means. we debated it this week when the number came out. a confusing number. but the political impact, straight forward. this is great news for barack obama. the best number in over three and a half years. what it means for the economy and more importantly for americans trying to find a new job. it's too early to tell. >> of course, the president and governor romney this week went head-to-head in their first dae bait. ta >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. now five months before the election he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> mr. president obama, you're entitled to your own airplane and own house, but not the facts. >> i think it's safe to say the president got trounced. it was the ugliest night. >> the president is going to have to stand up and deliver. he still has a big lead in a couple of key states, but that lead will evaporate quickly. >> he has to step it up. before the debate, we had a new nbc news wall street marist poll. the president up eight points among likely voters in ohio but just two points in virginia and stati
.a.! >> reporter: enlisting a cast of celebrities, including stevie wonder, president obama picked up a little cash in california sunday night, made a self dep ri indicating illusion to last week's performance in the debates. >> everybody here incredible professionals, great friends, and they just perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> we're going to win florida, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: wrapping up a three day swing through the sunshine state, mitt romney is more confident and relaxed, invigorated by the strong debate and enthusiastic crowds. sunday, he previewed today's foreign policy speech in which he'll paint president obama as weak. >> i commit to you i will be a leader. when i am president, i will take the care that it takes to rebuild our principles and restore the principles that made america so strong. >> reporter: with the race tightening, the campaigns are sharpening attacks. a top obama adviser dismissing romney's debate performance as fundamentally dishonest. >> mitt romney will say absolutely anything to get elected. >> re
into the obama category. but we have polled in all of them over the last couple of weeks. the president has leads ranging anywhere from two to eight points. but what was interesting, we asked a few other questions. including job approval rating, romney favorability, and who wins on the economy. in three states, the president had a job approval rating of 49 or above. romney's unfavorable rating was higher than his favorable rating, and the president led romney on the economy. in three of those stays, iowa, ohio, new hampshire. just one state did you have the president's job approval rating 48% or over and romney winning on the issue of the economy. that's north carolina. if you look at it that way and go to the map to 270, what does that mean, and you put those four states into the respective categories, and look at. this the president for suur sho. romney a long way to go has to sweep the rest. there are five left in the background. florida, virginia, wisconsin, colorado, nevada. this is where if romney does do what chris christie said he will do, the first place you'll see it are in the five sta
neighborhood still stressed? and i think the reason obama has never been able to pull away, even when romney had two pretty bad weeks, is that in the end there's this rubber band effect that they go, well, i'd almost like to give him another shot, but this is really frightening and really painful. >> well, nobody is ever going to pull away in this political system. so that's never going to happen. we always -- >> no, i disagree. i think he could have. if there was a moment to pull away, and the only thing that snaps it back is this feeling of things aren't -- >> the race was always going to be close. i don't think anybody would deny that. but let's be clear. let's look at where we've come. 800,000 jobs were being lost the first time the president read the unemployment report. i know these are just statistics for people in washington. that's real lives in america. 31 consecutive months of positive job growth. are we growing as fast as we'd like to? no. but it takes a long time to dig out of this avalanche of tremendously bad decisions that preceded the obama presidency. and let's understand t
hills home of dreamworks executive jeffrey katzenberg where obama and former president clinton thanked big donors for their campaign cash. outside of the nokia theater. >> made my day. made my week, made my life. >> 6,000 fans snaked around the worlding for the 30 days to victory concert. >> almost like a pre-victory concert in my mind. we are excited and we are sure he is going to win. >> reporter: stars like stevie wonder, jennifer hudson and katy perry took the stage after the president made rallying remarks. >> we have some work to do. we have an election to win. everything we fought for in 2008 is on the line here in 2012. i need your help. >> reporter: an intimate high-dollar dinner at the ritz carlton followed where a meal with the president rang up to $25,000 a person. at the end of the trip, the obama campaign is expected to raise more than $5 million. the president will be headed the bakers field tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. before flying to san francisco for another round of fund-raising events. reporting from los angeles, nbc bay area. >>> the republican presidential nomin
lehrer is a real guy. i know one person who is voting for barack obama. at least there's one, his name is jim lehrer. >> let's move on. kanye west and kim kardashian. apparently kim kardashian made a comment this week she has never been more in love than she is with kanye. she is still married to someone whose name isn't kanye. >> she is in it love with being in love. every guy is the one. she goes from one to the other and it's always wedding bells and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him until she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life with him. >> she said she can't see herself with anyone else. i have news for you, kim, we can. >> and, also, we have. >> unfortunately, we're out of time. we can't talk about the hulk hogan sex tape. thank goodness. >> nobody is more upset than this guy. >> i know you wanted to go there, didn't you. >> one man, one woman. >> chuck and erica, we thank you oh, so much for another wonderful installment of "the week in buzz." >>> lester got a chance to sit down with the cast of the "princess bride" as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. go
temperatures. 91 degrees today in oakland, 83 in san francisco. much cooler as we head into the end of the week. >> and that's your latest weather. >> thanks. now to tomorrow night's highly anticipated debate between president obama and mitt romney. today both candidates are hunkering down preparing for what could be a pivotal night. chuck todd is nbc's political director. he is in denver this morning where the debate will take place tomorrow. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. these candidates have each don four mock debates. they will each do one more today. it's more preparation than any two candidates have put into presidential debates in the modern era of presidential politics. >> i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> mitt romney landed in colorado monday night with the endorsement of legend john elway. >> what an honor. what a welcome. what a colorado welcome. thank you so much. >> the governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air and space museum in denver.
, president obama says he based his health care law on romney's own plan for massachusetts. but romney stuck to his promise to repeal the law if elected. and despite being a prominent issue this week on the campaign trail, the candidates did not tackle the topic of immigration. >>> turkey's deputy prime minister says a bill authorizing the use of force against syria is intended as a deterrent and not a declaration of war. that bill was approved by turkey's parliament this morning. turkish troops fired for the second day in retaliation for syrian mortar fire that killed five civilians in a turkish border town. >>> health officials say a deadly meningitis outbreak may be linked to steroid injections manufactured at a massachusetts pharmacy. the drug maker has recalled the steroid used to treat mostly back pain as investigators work to confirm the source of the infection. so far, more than two dozen people have been sickened across five states, four people have died, and experts say those numbers could grow. this type of meningitis is caused by a fungus and it is not as contagious as the more c
a morning news cut-in. have a great day. >> see you next week. >>> good morning. breaking news, new jobs numbers just out this morning, the unemployment rate falling to 7.8%, the lowest since january, 2009. and good news for president obama after his showing at the debate. we will have reaction from washington and wall street. >>> cancelled, american airlines grounds dozens of flights coast to coast, urgent repairs being made as the company discovers a new reason for what causes seats to become loose on a plane. >>> duelling divas, a knife threat on "american idol" audition. why mariah carey is adding new security today on friday, october 5th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today," 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on friday morning, i am savannah guthrie. >> i am david gregory once again in for matt. the president was looking for lift after the debate, he got it with these jobs numbers that have just come out this morning. there are questions about how we got here. >> it is
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